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How To Make Ant Bites Stop Itching
Steroid creams: A steroid cream would be helpful. Oral antihistamines are helpful as well. Do not use creams with antihistamines in the cream. ...Read more
Topical cortisone: Try to apply 1% Hydrocortisone cream to the bite site 4x daily for a few days. Covering the area after cortisone application with a bandaid may increase the penetration of cortisone to the skin. However the otc cream may well be too weak and you may need a more potent rx preparation. I have found gold bond anti-itch cream or sarna often helpful in reducing itching. ...Read more
Some help I can do: Mosquitoes are a bit like flying syringes. Their large needle nose, called a proboscis, is ideal for quickly landing on a victim, withdrawing a bit of blood and then taking off for the next target. You may not notice a mosquito bite initially, but within an hour or two after a bite, you may have raised red bumps from mosquito bites that itch like crazy. See belw. ...Read more
Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) lotion: Try some over the counter benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg every 6-8 hours for the itching. Here's some other things to help: 1) keep skin cool, heat makes itching worse 2) use lotion, dry is tichy, 3) avoid friction, rubbing skin causes itchy skin to be more itchy. Be aware that the benadryl (diphenhydramine) can make you sleepy so don't drive and take it. Try to get rid of the fleas. Good luck. ...Read more
Sign of the cross?: Making the sign of the cross? I have never heard of that before. Here are a couple of good remedies: rub a basil leaf on the bite. It has anti-inflammatory properties effect. You can also apply a 1 to 1 mix of water and baking soda. ...Read more
Mosquito bites: Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator ; apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes ; has anti-inflammatory properties. You can mix 2 parts baking soda w 1 part water. Stir into paste ; place it over the mosquito bite. Can use calamine lotion. If you have problems w generalized welts, swelling of tongue, lips, airway - you should get urgent medical care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mosquito bites: Store aloe vera gel in refrigerator &apply to affected area. Rub basil leaf on bite. It repels mosquitoes &has anti-inflammatory properties. You can mix 2 parts baking soda w 1 part water. Stir into paste &place it over the mosquito bite. Can use calamine lotion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Baking soda/ h2O mix: Mix 1 part baking soda with one part water. Apply poultice to bites. ...Read more
Antihistamin steroid: Oral or topical antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Diphenhydramine will take the sting away quickly but temporarily. The dosing will have to be repeated regularly to maintain effectiveness. Topical steroids such as Hydrocortisone will take a little longer to work but probably, ultimately, will be more effective. You can use both. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get DEET: Most things listed as repellent have little or no effect. DEET is the most effective by far. Other substances may act as attractant at times. ...Read more
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